Adolescents' quality of life and mental health needs during the initial phase in a closed institution

Nele Van Hecke, Florien Meulewaeter, Sara Rowaert, Chijs Van Nieuwenhuizen, Lore Van Damme, Wouter Vanderplasschen, Stijn Vandevelde*

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Abstract

This study investigated adolescents’ Quality of Life and mental health needs during the first weeks in a closed institution for mandatory care and treatment to inform (gender-specific) rehabilitation. Questionnaires concerning socio-demographic variables, Quality of Life and mental health needs were administered (n ¼ 182; 90 boys and 92 girls; mean age ¼ 16.2). Given the high prevalence of mental health needs in this study population and their significant negative correlation with QoL, we argue for a holistic view on rehabilitation and to broaden treatment aims in youth forensic care by including not only determinants of recidivism but also determinants of QoL.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Forensic Mental Health
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

Keywords

  • EXPERIENCES
  • GENDER-DIFFERENCES
  • GOOD LIVES MODEL
  • PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS
  • Quality of Life
  • REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE
  • RISK-ASSESSMENT
  • SECURE RESIDENTIAL CARE
  • TRAUMA
  • VIOLENCE RISK
  • YOUTH SCREENING INSTRUMENT
  • adolescents
  • detention
  • mental health needs
  • rehabilitation

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